Sunday, 6 September 2015

Book Review in 300 Words or Less - Mark of Calth

Yep, you guessed it, it's another Horus Heresy novel. Believe it or not I am actually reading another book that's not Horus Heresy I just haven't finished it yet.

However in the meantime let's get on with the review:

Horus Heresy: Mark of Calth by Guy Haley, Graham McNeill, Anthony Reynolds, David Annandale, Rob Saunders, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, John French and Dan Abnett
This one is easy, I can sum it up in two words:

Don't bother...

I'm determined to read all of the Horus Heresy novels for completion's sake but this one really did test my resolve. The novel is a collection of 8 short stories centred around the ongoing war of Calth between the Ultramarines and Wordbearers. It is set after the battle of Calth that destroyed the topside of the planet and forced everyone into the caverns beneath the surface. The stories feature both marines and regular humans and mostly focus on skirmishes of betrayal and subterfuge. While the majority I found Tolkienesque in their ponderous progression, two I found had some merit through their focus on extremely minor characters of the Heresy as a whole. The first is Athame by John French which tracks the progress of an Athame knife from the Age of Strife until the Heresy where it falls into the hands of Word Bearers Legionaries. While the story itself is as laborious as the rest it was interesting to see an inanimate object as the main character of a story. The second is Unmarked by Dan Abnett which helps fill in some of the background to Oll Persson; one of the perpetuals working with John Grammaticus for the Cabal. I always felt this character was rather unexplained in 'Know no Fear' and was a bit out of place, so it was good to get a little more info on his role in the bigger picture.

So in short, if you're dedicated to reading all the books in the series this one has a couple of cool Easter eggs, if you're just looking for a good read then best look elsewhere.

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